By Buba Gagigo
The Minister of Interior has discouraged the use of vehicles without number plates and said the act constitutes an offence with penalties, upon conviction.
“It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Interior that some vehicles are plying the roads across the country without number plates. The Ministry hereby reminds the public that such practice is against the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Act 2013 of The Gambia (Section 25 A).
“Section 25 A: Use of vehicles without number plates, states that: (1) A person shall not use or cause or permit another person to use a vehicle without a number plate. (2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine of nothing less than D10, 000 and not more than D20, 000 and in default to imprisonment for two (2) years with hard labour. (3): The police shall keep the vehicle in its’ custody until a number plate is affixed to it and each day a number plate remains unfixed, the person or the owner shall pay a fine of D100,” the ministry said in a statement dated 26th August 2022.
The statement encouraged those affected to quickly address the matter as those found wanting would be dealt with according to the law.